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New Assemblywoman votes for change — by re-electing boss

The Brooklyn Paper

Bay Ridge’s newest legislator cast her first vote this week — re-electing the Assembly’s minority leader then spinning it as a vote for change.

Assemblywoman-elect Nicole Malliotakis (R–Bay Ridge) earned our coveted “Press Release of the Week” award after calling herself a “Hero of Reform” because she voted to re-elect Assemblyman Brian Kolb (R–Canandaigua) to a post that he’s held for more than a year.

“He has been a strong advocate for reform measures, such as independent redistricting and a constitutional convention so we can change the way business is done in Albany,” Malliotakis said in the statement. “He has been very critical of politics as usual.”

It’s the first vote — and first press release — since Malliotakis wrested the seat from two-term Democratic Assemblywoman Janele Hyer-Spencer.

Press Release of the Week

Delivering on her Campaign promise to be a “Hero of Reform,” Assemblywoman-elect Nicole Malliotakis voted for Assemblyman Brian Kolb, who was re-elected by current and incoming members of the Assembly Republican Conference as Minority Leader by a unanimous vote on Monday.

“I am glad to have been able to share my fresh perspective with my colleagues at our first conference meeting,” said Malliotakis. “I am fully prepared to deliver on my agenda of government reform, including capping state spending, creating an independent redistricting commission, and convening a people’s constitutional convention. I am eager to start the Legislative session and begin working to provide a brighter future for the people of Staten Island and Brooklyn.”

“I am proud to say that I have used my first vote as a public official to champion the reform measures that I advocated for in my campaign by selecting Assemblyman Brian Kolb to lead us in our commitment to these reform measures,” said Malliotakis. “I look forward to voting for him as Speaker of the Assembly to replace Sheldon Silver, who has been labeled as the biggest enemy of reform by Former Mayor Ed Koch’s New York Uprising campaign.”

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eric from bay ridge says:
Howis it that Assemblywoman-elect nicole Malliotakis can vote in the Assembly Republican conference when she hasn't taken office yet?
Nov. 17, 2010, 8:38 am
Nassau Nell from Bay Ridge says:
A very snarky headline for our newly elected Assemblyperson.

I guess because she is a Republican your giving her the Sarah Palin treatment--huh?

Nicole is a big upgrade over the grace-less Barbie Doll we just voted out who didn't even call to congratulate Nicole on her victory.

If a Republican did that would you even report it ?
Nov. 17, 2010, 11:46 am
Janet from Bay Ridge says:
So when the other 19 Democratic Assembly members from Brooklyn vote to re-elect controversial Speaker Sheldon Silver in the next few weeks, we can expect similar nasty headlines and stories about them?

Or is this a double-standard used to criticize only Republican officials?
Nov. 18, 2010, 5:16 am
Harry from Bay Ridge says:
Nassau Nell from Bay Ridge says: "I guess because she is a Republican your giving her the Sarah Palin treatment--huh? "

It's because the SELF-PROCLAIMED "Hero of Reform," with her "fresh perspective," re-elected her boss and spun this as some kind of noble act.

Even funnier and spin-nier, she used the term "selected" (since "re-elected" doesn't sound very reform-y) -- as if she REALLY mulled this over and made her "selection" only after weighing other options.

It's hilarious.
Nov. 19, 2010, 1:51 am
Harry from Bay Ridge says:
Janet from Bay Ridge says: "So when the other 19 Democratic Assembly members from Brooklyn vote to re-elect controversial Speaker Sheldon Silver in the next few weeks, we can expect similar nasty headlines and stories about them?"

Sure, if they trumpeted themselves as "Heroes of Reform" in this election ... and if they laughably present their pro-Silver vote as a careful "selection" made only after much brow-furrowing ... and if they spin that vote as some sort of landmark pride-inducing achievement.
Nov. 19, 2010, 2 am
Bill D. from Dyker Heights says:
The obvious bias expressed by this paper is disgusting. Speaker Sheldon Silver is one of the most corrupt and power-hungry people in the history of New York State, yet we never saw such snide criticisms of Hyer-Spencer's repeated support for this political tyrant.

Clean up your act Brooklyn Paper. We only need you to report the facts, not your opinion of them.
Jan. 6, 2011, 1:48 pm

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